Messages for Catholic Occasions from The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore
We have just inaugurated the Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy. Celebrating Christmas is truly a celebration of God’s mercy for humanity. We were once living like orphans in exile, without knowing our true identity and our destiny.
Alleluia! Christ our Lord is Risen! This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad! Indeed, we say, “Paschal triumph, paschal joy, only sin can this destroy!” “This is our message to the world that is on the brink of despair and hopelessness.
Advancement in science and modern technology has led to breakthrough discoveries and improvement in many spheres of our lives. We know more about the universe than we have ever known before. Modern medicine has made it possible for people to live longer, look ageless and even replace parts of our body that are not functioning or deemed to be less than perfect.
As we contemplate with joy the wondrous scene of the manger in Bethlehem – I am praying for each one of you to take Mary as your Mother and model in the work of the New Evangelisation for the year 2015.
The feast of the Incarnation invites us to contemplate on the wondrous beauty of God’s love. This God humbly reached out to us by assuming our humanity. He was born to share our fragile human condition. He came as a little baby without power or strength.
“Adventus” is the Latin translation of the Greek Word “Parousia” – The Lord is coming. The First Coming of Christ has historically passed and Advent prepares us for the Second Coming of Christ.